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240 SMK; performance on game, 30-378 Wby

I am the worlds worst "searcher" on forums. I put in 240 SMK, etc.....and could not come up with anything trying to search the forum for threads on this subject. I know there has been a lot of discussion about the 240 SMK on game.

I have a 34 in barrel 30-378 Wby built on a Hall G action; can't wait on the 230 Bergers. Hows are the 240 SMK's on game?

While I am at it, favorite powders for heavy bullets in a 30-378?

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Re: 240 SMK; performance on game, 30-378 Wby

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I am the worlds worst "searcher" on forums. I put in 240 SMK, etc.....and could not come up with anything trying to search the forum for threads on this subject. I know there has been a lot of discussion about the 240 SMK on game.

I have a 34 in barrel 30-378 Wby built on a Hall G action; can't wait on the 230 Bergers. Hows are the 240 SMK's on game?

While I am at it, favorite powders for heavy bullets in a 30-378?

Thanks,
John

There has been a lot of discussions on this subject and Lot's of different opinions, so hear is mine.

I don't like the wound consistency on game of any match/target bullet although I do like the
accuracy. For extreme long rang shots if I can't find a hunting bullet that is accurate then I have
two choices. Don't shoot that far, or take a chance that performance will be good enough.

With the match bullets you are almost forced to take a high shoulder shot and not worry about
meat damage

There are some very good hunting bullets today and the need to use a match bullet for hunting
is rare.

For the 30/378 I use H50 BMG and US 869 with good results on 200+ grain bullets.

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While I am at it, favorite powders for heavy bullets in a 30-378?
I shoot the 240 SMK in my .30-.416 Rigby Improved, and it likes VV 24N41. Accuracy at 1,760 with that combination hangs around 10-12 inches..
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Re: 240 SMK; performance on game, 30-378 Wby

JE,

I figured the 50BMG powder would be good. I happen to have a kep of it. Going to start around 108 grs. and work up from there.

I have had good results with the 210 Berger in my 300 Wby, I know the 300 SMK is highly thought of. I get what you are saying about match bullets in general though.

Joel,

What kind of velocity do you see with the 240 in that improved case?
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Re: 240 SMK; performance on game, 30-378 Wby

I put down a 300 or so pound hog at 420 yards i think it was with a 240smk out of a 300 rum going 2950fps and it put him down hard but ruined an insane amount of the carcass. I hit him dead center in the should, destroyed the first shoulder, broke the second shoulder, recovered a few pieces of the bullet. It worked, just not very well as far as excessive damage goes.
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Joel,

What kind of velocity do you see with the 240 in that improved case?
I'm just shy of 3,200 fps. I can run it faster, but I keep it where it's most accurate..
I worked up a load for the rifle years ago with the VV powder. Reasonable velocity, single digit ES, and superb accuracy. I just never felt the need to try anything else. VV does not make the 24N41 powder anymore, but no worries... I have enough for all of us..
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Thanks Gents, going to shoot the first round of test loads Tuesday.
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